New today: Bernie Sanders and the liberal taste for messianic candidates, filling out paperwork for Syrian refugees, Advent songs
Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann, and Paul Gerhardt (Lutheran calendar); Alfred the Great (Episcopal calendar); Cedd; Philip Doddridge; Elizabeth Cady Stanton; William Temple; Edwin Sidney Savage; Nikos Kazantzakis; Gabriel of Komana
New today from the Century
Liberal messiah, by Benjamin J. Dueholm. The state of U.S. politics makes it tempting to throw energy behind a messianic bid for the presidency. It also makes this a dubious strategy.
Paperwork, by Ryan Dueck. I spent an hour and a half with a young Syrian woman in our city who is trying to get her family out of Lebanon. We pored over official-looking documents with strange names like “IM0008” on laptop screens.
A brief review of Why This Jubilee? by James C. Howell. For each week of Advent, Howell provides meditations on the texts of Advent hymns and Christmas carols, including some secular songs, to ponder the meaning of the incarnation.
“Road trip,” a poem by Marjorie Maddox
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The last daisy, by Beth A. Richardson